Abstract

This article brings theories of immigrant entrepreneurship into conversation with a broader literature on Asian American racialization in the United States. Drawing on four months of ethnographic field research, I shed light on the micro-processes, routines, and everyday interactions in two Vietnamese-owned nail salons located outside of Vietnamese enclaves in majority black and Latino neighborhoods in Northern and Southern California. Introducing the triangular system of labor relationships concept, I highlight a system of racialized and class-based labor relationships among owners-workers-clients that were crucial to sustaining business relationships in majority-minority neighborhoods.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1096-8598
Print ISSN
1097-2129
Pages
pp. 113-139
Launched on MUSE
2015-06-17
Open Access
No
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